Inspired by region: House wins award

THERE’S no place like home, especially when it’s designed by an award-winning architect.

Jan van Schaik, of Minifie van Schaik Architects, has won an Australian Institute of Architects award for the family home of Stefano de Pieri and Donata Carrazza on Wattle Avenue in Mildura.

The architect took out the gong for Residential Architecture Alterations and Addition for the house he designed in May 2010, which judges lauded for its “tightly-designed and richly-decorated spaces with references to local landscapes and history”.

Mr van Schaik said he aimed to embody Mr de Pieri and Mrs Carrazza’s passion for Mildura in the design.

“The extension ennobles the 1960s vernacular architecture of the region by placing a found cream brick red-tiled roof house immediately beside a series of dramatic and imaginative contemporary architectural moments,” Mr van Schaik said.

“The first site visit involved a tour of the entire region and this is reflected in the architecture.

“The grotto in St Joseph’s College opposite where Donata went to school, the art deco old Mildura Base Hospital where she was born, and eroding valleys of Lake Mungo heritage site all appear reconfigured in various forms throughout the house.’

THERE’S no place like home, especially when it’s designed by an award-winning architect.

Jan van Schaik, of Minifie van Schaik Architects, has won an Australian Institute of Architects award for the family home of Stefano de Pieri and Donata Carrazza on Wattle Avenue in Mildura.

The architect took out the gong for Residential Architecture Alterations and Addition for the house he designed in May 2010, which judges lauded for its “tightly-designed and richly-decorated spaces with references to local landscapes and history”.

Mr van Schaik said he aimed to embody Mr de Pieri and Mrs Carrazza’s passion for Mildura in the design.

“The extension ennobles the 1960s vernacular architecture of the region by placing a found cream brick red-tiled roof house immediately beside a series of dramatic and imaginative contemporary architectural moments,” Mr van Schaik said.

“The first site visit involved a tour of the entire region and this is reflected in the architecture.

“The grotto in St Joseph’s College opposite where Donata went to school, the art deco old Mildura Base Hospital where she was born, and eroding valleys of Lake Mungo heritage site all appear reconfigured in various forms throughout the house.’

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